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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Richard Paton & Craigie Aitchison - Prayer Chapel window, St Martin in the Bull Ring

This year, in addition to the East window at All Saints Goodmayes, commission4mission member Richard Paton had the privilege of making what was Craigie Aitchison’s final design. The artist Craigie Aitchison passed away in 2009 with his blessing given to make a window for the Prayer Chapel in St Martins in the Bull Ring, Birmingham.

It took longer than expected to finally commission the window but after several samples Richard convinced those concerned that a combination of fused glass and traditional painting was the best way to remain faithful to Craigie’s powerful design. The unusual dark background adds intensity to the figure of Christ in the central window. It was made by Richard Paton and finally installed in August 2015.

Earlier in the year Richard installed a 3 meter high stained glass window set into a light box at a North London Synagogue. The window was inspired by a translation of an 11th Century poem which has been visualised in a design by Michael Hall under the supervision of translator Raphael Loewe. Rainbow Glass Studios were commissioned in 2014 to make the stained glass window using the same techniques available to the medieval glaziers. It’s a very esoteric and interesting piece, which Richard says was a privilege to work on.


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